Jabs' rollout aims to defeat coronavirus

SHOTS: Dr Philip Cohen (GP), left, Katrina Seng (Director of Nursing and Midwifery, KIHS) and Darren Keenan (KI Health Advisory Council) received the vaccine jab..

SHOTS: Dr Philip Cohen (GP), left, Katrina Seng (Director of Nursing and Midwifery, KIHS) and Darren Keenan (KI Health Advisory Council) received the vaccine jab..

The Kangaroo Island COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic is now up and running and bookings for the Pfizer vaccine are still available.

"I encourage any Islander under 50 years old to not delay and book in to receive your vaccination today," said Kangaroo Island Health Service's Director of Nursing and Midwifery, Katrina Seng.

"Anyone aged between 16 and 49 years old residing on Kangaroo Island is eligible for the Pfizer vaccine - but will need to visit the clinic between now and 23 June to ensure they don't miss out."

You can book into the clinic online at sahealth.sa.gov.au/kicovidvaccine, via phone on 0468 576 150, or drop by the clinic to see whether a walk-in appointment is available.

The clinic is located at the Kingscote Town Hall and a free shuttle bus is available to transport people to the Town Hall clinic from sites in Vivonne Bay, Parndana, Gosse, American River and Penneshaw.

The last day to receive a Pfizer vaccine on the island is June 23 as the clinic will then start providing the AstraZeneca vaccine to those aged 50 years and older..

First to receive their vaccinations were Dr Philip Cohen (GP), Katrina Seng (Director of Nursing and Midwifery, KIHS) and Darren Keenan (KI Health Advisory Council).

The coronavirus crisis has hit communities around Australia, mostly in the capital cities, while regions such as Kangaroo Island have been spared.

Australian Community Media, publisher of this newspaper, began its VaxTheNation campaign last week with front-page messages in its mastheads around the country.

A series of questions about vaccinations are answered by expert authority on page 12 of this edition of The Islander.

South Australia has previously introduced emergency measures to combat the spread of the virus.

So far there have been no reports of infections in the regions of the state, including the settlements of Kangaroo Island and the southern parts of the state.